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  • 03 Jul 2021 9:55 AM | Ashley Tharpe

    Engage with members of the APHA Occupational Health and Safety Section to discuss the APHA policy process, identify ways to strengthen partnerships and seek action to protect worker health at local, state and federal levels.

    The purpose of this mid-year event is to improve our understanding of the APHA policy -making process and policy implementation to advance occupational health, equity and well-being for ALL workers. We welcome all members, and non-members, to come participate in a conversation to explore the relevance, use and feasibility of an APHA policy on decent work- perceptions, gaps and opportunities for a future agenda.

    Date: July 29, 2021

    Start time: 1:00PM Eastern/12:00PM Central/11:00AM Mountain/10:00 AM Pacific

    Conference Agenda

    Location:Zoom

    Standard Registration: 

    https://osha.washington.edu/professional-development/course/aphaohs-072921

    Student Registraton:

    https://osha.washington.edu/professional-development/course/aphaohs-student-072921


    Presented in collaboration with APHA OHS Section, the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Washington.


  • 30 Jun 2021 9:12 AM | Ashley Tharpe

    Healthline is proud to introduce TRANSFORM: Health Equity, a new project from Healthline that strives to advocate for those whom today’s health system marginalizes.
     
    The first step we are taking toward health equity is to highlight the impact of marginalization through personal stories and data. By understanding the struggle of communities that face systemic barriers like sexism, racism, ableism, cissexism, and heterosexism, we can all work toward actionable solutions to ensure nobody is left behind.
     
    Next, we hope to turn education into action! Through our tool, anyone can find local volunteer opportunities and take action today to remove health inequities in their community. 

  • 23 Jun 2021 9:13 AM | Ashley Tharpe

    Dear Public Health Champions, 

    You are invited to attend the Michigan Public Health Association 2021 Virtual Public Health Summit  “Strengthening Social Connections and Public Health in Michigan” on Wednesday, June 23, 2021,  from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM ESTRegistration is free and here!

    The Summit includes the following esteemed public health speakers

    Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN, President & CEO, Public Health Accreditation Board Joseph West, ScM, ScD, CEO, Florida Institute for Health Innovation 

    Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES, Immediate Past President, American Public Health Association 

    Kent Key, PhD, MPH, Director of Youth Programs, Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Community Engaged Research and Outreach Specialist, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 

      

    Contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Sincerely, 

    Apryl Brown 

    President-Elect, Michigan Public Health Association 


  • 16 Apr 2021 12:00 PM | Ashley Tharpe

    DECLARINGRACISM APUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN VA

    April 16th, 2021

    12pm-1:30pm

    Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sza2ZuIYSiiDpt5NHl170Q

    Key Speakers Include:

    Delegate Lashrecse Aird,

    VA House of Delegates,63rd District

    Part of the 'Racism is a PublicHealth Crisis Webinar' Series

    Contactrepstein@institutephi.org for more information about the webinars.


  • 05 Apr 2021 2:36 PM | Ashley Tharpe

    Meningococcal Disease in the US
    Epidemiology, Prevention and Immunization Guidelines by the CDC 

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 pm ET


    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ljczrfE6TayruLNH5-86hA

    Presenter:  Ferdaus Hassan, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison (DC/MD/VA) Sanofi Pasteur, U.S. Medical Affairs

    Dr. Hassan has extensive professional experience in the areas of vaccine and virus research and has published more than 50 research articles in peer reviewed journals. He is a strong advocate and passionate about vaccines and believes that no one should suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

    Presentation Objectives:

    1) Discuss epidemiology of bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitis in the US. 

    2) Discuss mode of transmission and risk factors associated with meningococcal infection

    3) Discuss Men ACWY and Men B vaccination coverage among adolescents 

    4) Discuss CDC/ACIP meningococcal vaccine recommendation

  • 19 Feb 2021 8:06 AM | Ashley Tharpe

    Please join us on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:00pm EST for a VPHA Virtual Town Hall. We will update members on the association's activities and goals for this year. We also want to hear your feedback on how the association can best serve members and improve public health in Virginia.

    Register for the Virtual Town Hall here!

    Sincerely,

    Ashley Tharpe, MA, MPH, EdD, CHES
    President, VPHA
    T: (434) 592-6163
    aahudson@liberty.edu
    www.vapha.org


  • 05 Feb 2021 2:48 PM | Ashley Tharpe

    Are you a policy wonk? Do you love all things policy related? Have we got an opportunity for you!

     

    The Council of Affiliates (CoA) is looking for volunteers to review APHA’s proposed policy statements. The purpose of the review is to consider how useful the proposed policies will be to Affiliates and/or Affiliate members at the state/local level. Other individuals will review the policies through a scientific/subject matter expertise lens.

     

    For those who are interested in reviewing, more details are below:

     

    ·        Eligibility: To review, you must be an Affiliate member.

    ·        Timeline: Policies will be sent to you between February 26-28, 2021 (with a review form). Completed reviews will be due March 19, 2021 so you will have ~3 weeks to review.

    ·        Number of policies/time commitment: The number of policies you will be asked to review will vary depending on how many proposals APHA receives and how many reviewers the CoA recruits but we will strive to send you a maximum of 3-5 proposals. This task should take less than 5 hours (and likely less time).   

     

    To volunteer, please send you name and email address to Moose Alperin (moose.alperin@emory.edu) by February 19. You will get a confirmation email within 48 hours.


  • 04 Oct 2020 10:42 AM | Ashley Tharpe

    I am pleased to announce that the application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 23, 5:00pm PT, for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH).

    Now in its 10th year, NLAPH helps teams of leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their capacity to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity. Agile leadership is more important than ever in these uncertain times. We need leaders who can adapt to real world events, such as COVID-19. And we need leaders who can advance racial justice with thoughtfulness, in partnership with their communities, to create a more equitable future. NLAPH gives participants the skills and training required to be agile leaders who can more effectively respond to today’s needs and meet tomorrow’s challenges.

    I encourage communities engaged in cross-sector work to apply to NLAPH today. For details about benefits, eligibility, and requirements, please visit our website.

    Sincerely,

    Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH, Center Director

    Karya Lustig, Deputy Director

    Center for Health Leadership and Practice

    Public Health Institute

    Oakland, CA

    info@healthleadership.org

    www.healthleadership.org

    Read our flyer for more information, and visit our website to apply.

  • 26 Aug 2020 4:43 PM | Ashley Tharpe


    August is Immunization Awareness Month in Virginia!

    We need your help to bring attention to Governor Ralph Northam’s recent proclamation naming August Immunization Awareness Month. As you know, immunization rates are down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, schools in Virginia are still requiring that students be immunized before the start of the school year, even while remote.

    Please click the images below to find easily downloadable messages and images that can be shared on social media to that help raise awareness of immunization requirements and urge your social media followers to ensure they are up to date on the recommended vaccine schedule.

    For materials in Spanish please reach out to Rebecca Epstein at repstein@institutephi.org.

    Thank you,

    Rebecca Epstein

    ImmunizeVA Coalition Manager


    ImmunizeVA is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation in partnership with Virginia Department of Health. 



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